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Shingles And Diabetes
If I have adult type II diabetes, am i at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?
Unlikely: As long as you had chickenpox as child , you are not susceptible to getting it again. [ but a child/adult who has not had chickenpox could get if exposed to the liquid within the vesciles of a patient with shingles. Shingles is the adult recrudescence of varicella virus that has been dormant in ones nerve root since childhood. Comes out in some, when older, for unclear reasons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more
Is it possible for new shingles lesions to erupt after finishing a 7 day course of an antiviral drug? I have RA and diabetes and I am on methotrexate.
I have itchy bumps for 5 weeks ...I don't know what it is. I don't have diabetes, I've had shingles a year ago...Not sure if its scabies or bug bites.
Have it evaluated.: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more